San Diego Tet Festival - This weekend!
It's in Balboa Park this year. Anyone going?
Just came from there. Honestly, I was pretty underwhelmed by the food I saw. I didn't see anything I haven't seen at our local restaurants, and was somewhat surprised by all the standard fair foods I saw like nachos, funnel cake, and churros. There was one booth of UCSD students doing Banh Mi, but they looked pretty standard. Seemed like a bust to me, at least in terms of the food.
Josh - Did we both attend the same Festival? I guess expectations were different. I've attended the Tet festival all 3 years, and granted, last year there were twice as many booths with stuff like Hu Tieu and Banh Cahn. And this year the change of venue to Balboa Park made things feel a bit little cramped, but there was some interesting stuff. I've never seen Banh Khot in a restaurant....think of it like savory Kanom Krok. Unfortunately, they had the power go out while I was waiting in line, but Candice Woo wrote to me and said they were worth waiting for. One booth made Vietnamese Papaya Salad, another Lao style Papaya Salad. 2 booths had Banh Cuon. I particularly enjoyed the Nem Chua - the sour sausage from one of the booths. In the end, it is still Festival-food, and that means lots of fried stuff, and meat on a stick.
I guess I could make the same statement as you about...say the Greek Festival, ummm, I can get Gyros, Souvlaki, and Roast Lamb at my neighborhood Greek Restaurant.....but I'd miss out on the fun atmosphere.